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Gerald (Jerry) Mustin of Oak Ridge received the lifetime achievement in living history award for his portrayal of a long hunter in Living History events including those by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

James Shular of Sevierville received the lifetime achievement award for historical projects spanning his lifetime, including several books.

Joan Markel received the lifetime achievement in Civil War history award for serving as Civil War curator for the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for 29 years. (photo credit: bluestreak.moxleycarmichael.com)

Stephen Dean received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Heartland Series.

Lynn Fox was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his reenacting efforts, community outreach, and creation of the “Tennesseans for Living History” program. He lived in Clinton, Tennessee.

Don K. Ferguson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the preservation of local judicial history, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Leah Walker (1982-2023), Hawkins County, a proud Bull’s Gap girl, Leah was known for her gift of storytelling, dedication, energy, and infectious spirit, all of which she shared through her work in local history and museums. She inspired everyone she met, especially those in her beloved field of public history. As a friend shared, “Leah only had a few decades on this earth, but she made them count!”

Leah Ross, Sullivan County, for her leadership of and commitment to the Birthplace of Country Music over the past eighteen years as Executive Director (2005-2022) and Executive Director of Advancement (2022-present). 

Annette Anderson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in historical preservation projects. She is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Don K. Ferguson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the preservation of local judicial history, in Knoxville, Tennessee.